Systemic Discrimination Law and Legal Definition

Systemic discrimination refers to patterns of behavior, policies or practices that are part of the structures of an organization, and which create or perpetuate disadvantage for racialized persons. It has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company, or geographic area.

Examples of systemic practices include:

a. discriminatory barriers in recruitment and hiring;

b. discriminatorily restricted access to management trainee programs and to high level jobs;

c. exclusion of qualified women from traditionally male dominated fields of work; disability discrimination such as unlawful pre-employment inquiries;

d. age discrimination in reductions in force and retirement benefits; and

e. compliance with customer preferences that result in discriminatory placement or assignments.